Music Education Major (BA)

Students majoring in Music Education may earn an Initial Teaching Certificate (K-12). In order to qualify for certification each student must complete the following:

  • All requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music
  • The liberal education requirements for teacher certification as required by the Illinois State Board of Education and listed under the College of Education
  • The required courses in professional education for K-12 certification as listed under the College of Education
  • The prescribed field
  • All required certification tests
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 overall and 2.75 in the major.

Major Program (85-88 semester hours)

Music Core Requirements (25-28 hours)
Music Theory and Musicianship (12 hours)

Music Theory I (2)
Music Theory II (2)
Music Theory III (2)
Music Theory IV (2)
Ear-Training/Sight-Singing I (1)
Ear-Training/Sight-Singing II (1)
Ear-Training/Sight-Singing III (1)
Ear-Training/Sight-Singing IV (1)

Music History and Literature (9 hours)
Music History I (3)
Music History II (3)
Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3)

Performance Skills/Applied Music (5-8 hours)
Concert/Recital Attendance (0)
Full time music majors must enroll every semester. Course is a transcript requirement for graduation. No credit is awarded.

Keyboard Skills–Class Piano 1
Music Majors must pass a keyboard proficiency exam by the end of the first semester of their Junior year. They may test out of the Keyboard Skills Classes at any time. Students who pass the exam with fewer than 4 credit hours may take hours in any other music course(s) to complete the 4 required credit hours in this area. MUSC 151 may be repeated for credit three times (total 4 hours).

Choral Conducting I (2)
Choral Conducting II (2)

Performance Ensemble (7 hours)
Schola Cantorum (1)
Concert Chorale (1)
Music/Opera Theatre (1)
Joliet Symphony Orchestra (1)
Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (1)
Full time students must participate in at least one ensemble per semester. A minimum of seven credit hours of performance ensemble is required for graduation.

Choral/Vocal Concentration (21 hours)
Applied Piano (1)*
Advanced Applied Piano (1)*
Applied Voice (1)*
Advanced Applied Voice (1)

*Each hour of applied or advanced applied music credit entails one half hour of private instruction per week. Students must take 7 hours of applied music courses. Students may repeat applied course to a maximum of 4 hours at each level.
Junior Recital (0)
Senior Recital (0)
Diction I: English and Italian (2)
Diction II: French and German (2)
Choral Literature, Methods & Materials (2)
Instrumental Techniques for Winds (1)
Instrumental Techniques for Brass (1)
Instrumental Techniques for Strings (1)
Instrumental Techniques for Percussion (1)
Vocal Pedagogy I (2)
Intro to Music Education (2)


Elementary & Secondary Music Certification, Type 10 (K-12)

Core Professional Music Education Courses (38 hours)
Instructional Technology (3)
Transfer Seminar (transfer students only) (1)
Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
Beginning Music Ed Field Experience (1)
Educational Psychology (3)
Survey of the Exceptional Individual (3)
History and Philosophy of Education (3)
Principles and Methods of Music Ed: Elementary and Middle School (3)
Principles and Methods of Music Ed: Secondary Level (3)
Intermediate Field Experience for Elementary/Secondary Music (2)
Professional Growth Seminar (1)
Intermediate Field Experience for Elementary /Secondary Music (12)